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Question: Is it just me, or is Grey's Anatomy the third-best show on TV right now (behind Lost and Veronica Mars, of course)? This last episode, "Make Me Lose Control," was amazing, and Ellen Pompeo gave a terrific performance. I love how there are compelling stories for both the main characters and the patients in the episode, unlike the past-its-prime ER. What you think of the second season? To me it is way better than its lead-in, Desperate Housewives, or another one of my faves, Gilmore Girls (which has been under par this season). Why don't you mention it in your column more? It is a perennial Top 10 show. Oh, love the column, by the way. Answer: Well, thanks. I'm also a bit surprised I don't get more questions/comments on Grey's Anatomy, because it's really hitting its stride these days. I was lukewarm on the show when it premiered late last season — the pilot episode overused the voice-over narration, which only exacerbated the "It's hard work being a doctor-in-training" clichés. ... read more

After seeing the first two ...

Question: After seeing the first two episodes of the season, I just love Everwood more and more! The end of the second episode left me in tears. This show has the unique ability to be touching and real at the same time. What do you think of this season so far? How do you think it will fare against CSI? Do you think there is a possibility of it returning to Monday, when it clearly has a better chance of survival? Answer: Everwood became a personal favorite show of mine last season — I wrote a column declaring it to be TV's best tearjerker — and it's just as strong and moving this year. It is hands-down the best "family" show on TV, with a broad range of sympathetic characters, and the writing and acting continue to improve and shine. I hate that WB moved the show to the overstuffed Thursday night, where it's in danger of getting lost and buried. But it's doing better than anything WB ever put there before, so it's far from a disaster for the network (which is merely looking to generate ... read more

I was wondering why you're ...

Question: I was wondering why you're not enjoying the first few episodes of Gilmore Girls this season, and I guess I'm surprised that more people haven't written in to disagree with you. I find the estrangement between Rory and Lorelai to be interesting and realistic. I also love watching Rory come to terms with the life her mother gave her versus the life she could have had with the elder Gilmores. I've become very interested in Logan's character, as well as in watching Luke do his best to navigate Lorelai's emotional upheaval after "losing" her daughter. Perhaps it is my own tumultuous relationship with my mother that is influencing my view of the show, but I think that this breakup is some of the most compelling stuff the show has done in a long time. Maybe Lorelai is acting like a child, but hasn't that always been the point? And now that Rory is finally acting like a young adult as well, we can see what happens when both are forced to grow up. Anyway, that's my two cents. Answer: ... read more

Can I vent to you for a ...

Question: Can I vent to you for a moment about Gilmore Girls? Will people please stop complaining about the fact that Rory and Lorelai are fighting? I think this is a healthy, natural part of growing up.


Answer: My beef isn't with the estrangement per se. In fact, I actually like the idea of a little mother-daughter conflict, if for no other reason than no one produces better happy-eventual-ending episodes than Team Palladino. My problem with it is that AS-P is bogging down the prereunion shows with too many secondary characters in suddenly primary roles. For instance, I love Kirk, but I don't want to spend half an hour watching him sell engagement rings to Luke. In the same vein, I like (definitely don't love) Luke's brother-in-law, but I really didn't like (hated, even) the major subplot about his inferiority complex as a contractor. That said, last ni read more

When will Lorelai and Rory ...

Question: When will Lorelai and Rory make up on Gilmore Girls? I can't stand them fighting!


Answer: (SPOILER ALERT) You'd be wise to keep mid-November open.

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Do you have any information ...

Question: Do you have any information on the book that Jess wrote on Gilmore Girls?


Answer: I've got a title. It's called "The Subsect." And if anyone knows what that means, please e-mail me.

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Too bad Lorelai wasn't there to...

Gilmore Girls

Too bad Lorelai wasn't there to see that one, huh? Her prim and proper, buttoned-up-to-here mother giving Shira Huntzberger the blue-blood bitch slap. No actual contact occurred, just plenty of calmly delivered, sweetly stated, cold, hard insults. My favorite? "You're a two-bit gold digger who got off the bus from Hicksville when you met Mitchum at whatever bar you stumbled into." Go, Emily, go! Someone had to take down that horrible family, especially since Richard clearly wasn't up to the task. (And what took the two of them so freaking long in the first place?) While Richard did push hard for an explanation from Mitchum, he said very little to defend Rory. ("You crushed that girl!" Uh, you tell him, Richie. As if Mitchum actually cared about how Rory felt.) I was hoping he'd actually belt the guy, but that would have been most improper. I was able to forgive Richard's horrible misstep when he got all teary-eyed watching Rory thank her g read more

I am an avid Gilmore Girls ...

Question: I am an avid Gilmore Girls fan, but oh my gosh, the show has sucked this season. Is there any end in sight?


Answer: (SPOILER ALERT) Thankfully, yes. I hear the Oct. 11 episode finds Girls once again in top form. There's apparently a scene where Emily tells off Logan's mom that is classic Kelly Bishop genius. Of course I'm still waiting for the scene where mom and daughter reunite and this show finally gets rolling again! (Just a few more weeks, people!)

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And They're Off!
An early peek at the fall ratings race

Commander in Chief

Can ABC be stopped?

Two weeks into the 2005-06 prime-time season the Alphabet network has taken a commanding ratings lead among viewers aged 18 to 49, the group advertisers covet most. The network's hot new shows from last season, Desperate Housewives and Lost, are even hotter this year. And while none of its new shows look like they'll be breakout hits, they at least show the potential to improve the network's performance on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Of course, the race for No. 1 in the prized demo will tighten once Fox's American Idol rolls in again come January. But here's how each of the networks has performed so far and what they'll need to do to improve.

ABC: With two consecutive weekly wins among viewers aged 18 to 49, the network is off to its best start since the 1994-95 season. read more

I can't believe I haven't ...

Question: I can't believe I haven't seen any questions regarding Supernatural yet. I absolutely loved the pilot. I had the lights turned off while I watched, and it was completely spooky. I think it's filling the void for the part of me that still misses The X-Files. What do you think? I think Jared Padelecki is doing a great job and he and Jensen Ackles make a great pair. They can definitely hold their own as the lead characters. Answer: So far, it's doing OK, certainly by WB's standards. I imagine we'll get to enjoy this one for at least a full season. I'm liking it well enough, but am a bit concerned by the predictability of the fiend-of-the-week formula. As a horror anthology of sorts, Supernatural needs to make us wonder if our heroes (who are, at least for the moment, invulnerable) will always vanquish the demon and save the girl (and assorted others). That said, the episodes I've seen so far have been satisfyingly spooky. I think what I like best about the show right now is its ... read more

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Premiered: September 19, 2006, on CW
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Premise: Family matters take center stage in this charming drama about a single mother raising her teenage daughter in a Connecticut town. The pair, only 16 years apart in age, act more like friends than mother and daughter and even share the same taste in music.

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